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General Surgery Specialist of Medova Hospital, Op.  Dr. Süleyman Şefik Atabekoğlu: “One in every eight women gets breast cancer. We have a chance to recover 80-90 percent of them via early diagnosis”

General Surgery (Oncologic Surgery) Specialist of Medova Hospital, Op. Dr. Süleyman Şefik Atabekoğlu, warning women regarding the breast cancer, stated that “We invite all women to go out on the field to save their lives and breasts. It is not possible to win the match without going on the field”.

Op. Dr. Süleyman Şefik Atabekoğlu warned women about breast cancer within the month of breast cancer awareness. Atabekoglu, specified early diagnosis is very important in breast cancer, stated that: “Cancer, that is the disease of our age, affects one of every four people and one of every eight women are getting breast cancer. We have a chance to recover 80-90 percent of them via early diagnosis. The sooner we diagnose, the more we save our patient’s life and the more we aesthetically recover the breast. We invite all women to go out on the field to save their lives and breasts. It is not possible to win the match without going on the field”.

“OUR MOST IMPORTANT WEAPON IN CANCER IS STILL MAMMOGRAPHY”

Op. Dr. Atabekoğlu, by drawing attraction to the people in the risk group, stated that “People who start to have menstruation at an early age, do not have children, patients having late menopause in their families, people having one or more breast cancer cases in their family, people whose close relatives have ovarian cancer, people who are overweight and those who are less active, constitute a risk group. Early diagnosis in the treatment saves the patient and also saves the patient’s breast. Thus, our most important weapon is still mammography. Technical details of mammography are also important. A qualified mammography provides a much better diagnostic rate because it provides a good image. By exposing our patients to less radiation, they also make an extra contribution to their lives. Today we recommend every one over 40 years old to have a mammography taken once every 2 years for breast cancer screening purposes. In this way, we increase our early diagnosis rate and, depending on this, we have a chance to save the lives and breasts of our patients”.

Atabekoğlu, specifying that the patients after 20 years old should be examined by themselves for the protection of breast cancer, said “After the age of 40, a mammographic examination every 2 years and an annual doctor’s examination are helpful in this matter. In the self-diagnosed examination, nipple flix, nipple stiffness, retraction, collapse, crusting at the head of the nipple are the classic symptoms we know. However, even these symptoms can not really be present in early stage breast cancer. For this reason, we are trying to raise the diagnosis rate and early diagnosis rates by recommending ultrasound examination in the patients under 40 years of age, mammography in the patients over 40 years old and breast MR if necessary in order to catch cancer in our patients earlier.”.

“WE DO NOT RECOMMEND OUR PATIENTS TO HAVE MAMMOGRAPHY TAKEN UNNECESSARILY”

Atabekoğlu stated that, “Poor-quality mammography is distressing for us because it causes the patient to receive radiation for the second time or delays the visualization of the disorders. Just as television has high technology, mammography can show finer details as it is improved and as its technology is refined. Recently, mammography devices produced with digital technology are preferred because they show finer details and do not require repetitive mammography films. We do not recommend our patients to have mammography taken unnecessarily. We recommend women in order to be protected from breast cancer; to have their periodic examinations, ultrasonography and mammography done if necessary, to stay away from smoking, try not to be obese, and thus, to live a motile life, and to stay away from hormonal hormone-injected foods”.